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Hot Chocolate

What can you do on a cold, snowy, icy winter day? Drink hot chocolate of course! My obsession with recipe tinkering continues with this one. This hot chocolate recipe is what I make when I’m craving a cup of frothy, liquid, thick as a hot milkshake, chocolate. (It also easily doubles to share with a friend or sweetie… if you’re nicer than me.) It’s got all the right stuff: low notes, high notes and everything in between. Oh, and it goes down oh so easily… you might need some time to yourself.

I reveled in some inspiration from these two recipes, and then adapted it from there…

Hot chocolate from scratch

Nigella Lawson’s Alcoholic Hot Chocolate
Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Hot Chocolate (Tyler’s Ultimate Cookbook)

My version starts with this:

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My go-to recipe for luscious, thick hot chocolate. Inspired by & adapted from hot chocolate recipes from Tyler Florence & Nigella Lawson.
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or otherwise)
  • 1.5 teaspoon whole coffee beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 oz. bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped or grated
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • drizzle of honey
  • cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (if using plain milk)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir (or whisk) frequently over medium heat, careful not to scorch the chocolate.
  3. Add vanilla extract, strain out coffee beans & cinnamon stick, and serve hot.


Kimberly Pieren

Hot chocolate is my drink of choice in the mornings – I’m thinking I’ll have to try this!

Kimberly @ Cooking With Kimberly

Wow…This hot chocolate sounds absolutely divine! I love to add Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream to mine too, on occasion!Fantastic recipe! I’m going to have to try it out…I love the mocha undertones!Kimberly :)Kimberly @ Cooking With Kimberly´s last blog post..I Keep Breaking My Glass Tea Pots

Jyl Johnson Pattee

Looks delicious! Mmmmmm! Can’t wait to make this recipe. Next snowy day I will for sure. My boys love hot chocolate :)..-= Jyl Johnson Pattee´s last blog ..Green Guilt. How One Mom Goes Green =-.

The Food Hound

I am obsessed with chocolat chaud (too rich to call it hot chocolate or even hot cocoa!), and you’re right- it has to be sinfully thick and rich. Glad we’re of like minds 🙂 Mine is from David Lebowitz and it calls for, like, 4 total oz of chocolate for only 2 servings. So, so, so good!!!

Papa Bassett

I think we are having your hot chocolate for desert

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